A Corry woman recently traveled to Las Vegas to accept a national award for her outstanding work in the automotive industry.
Holly Callan, 36, was one of 40 recipients of the second annual Remarketing & Used-Car Industry's 40 under 40 awards, which is presented by Auto Remarketing, a news media of the pre-owned automobile industry.
Callan, a commercial and account manager for the Corry Auto Dealers Exchange and Winchester Auto Auction in Bunker Hill, West Virginia — a sister company of the Corry business — was nominated by her boss, Tad Swift.
"Holly has done an outstanding job in this business and has been exceptional at expanding our commercial account base," said Swift, co-owner of CADE and and owner of WAA. "She adds a certain level of drive and cheerfulness."
In November, Callan traveled to the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas for an awards presentation with her fellow recipients.
"I was very honored to receive this award," Callan said. "I think I was most honored to represent an independent auction in this industry."
The award seeks to acknowledge young professionals under the age of 40 who are taking leadership roles in the auto industry and impacting the remarketing and used-car business.
Callan admits she never thought she would be in this line of work, but now, cannot see herself doing anything else.
"I never saw myself here in a million years," Callan said. "But, I do love this industry and it's a really tight-knit community, even on a national level."
Callan said her job requires her to facilitate every aspect of the remarketing process from the initial contact with a potential consignor through the final sale process. She credits her hands-on approach for allowing her to quickly grow in the organization, where she has been employed for four years.
"I always take it a step further," she said.
Swift said he initially hired Callan as his assistant in the dealer sales department, but eventually promoted her to her current position after Callan demonstrated a high level of competency.
"She has done an explosive job at maintaining relationships with our accounts and adding new accounts," Swift said.
As one of the 40 award winners, Callan and her fellow recipients were also featured in a magazine spread published by Auto Remarketing. The article can be found online at http://www.autoremarketing.com/trends/40-under-40-our-2016-honorees.
Swift said this is the first time he has ever nominated an employee for any type of award and feels her selection was well deserved.
"I have never had anyone of Holly's ability," Swift said. "I wasn't surprised she won, but more happy and proud that someone from a smaller dealership was selected."
Callan said the auto industry is truly becoming a family business as her husband, Brian Callan, is also an employee of CADE.
Holly Callan is a 1998 graduate of Corry Area High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Phoenix with a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance.
The Callans have three children, Carter, 15, Ethan, 13 and Tenley, 8.
"This was truly a surprise to me," Holly Callan said. "I have my glass award here on my desk and I am very honored."